Our Be Successful article this month features an interview by David Mc Gowan with a serial entrepreneur.
David Mc Gowan: So, Arnon, tell us who you are.
Arnon Barnes: My name is Arnon Barnes, and I am a serial entrepreneur, peak-performance trainer, international speaker, investor and, in general, a person who likes to have fun in life.
That’s a lot of different caps, so what would you say was your main profession today?
My main profession today is being a father (laughs), being a father and being an entrepreneur. I have one son, a beautiful three-and-a-half-year-old.
How do you divide your time between the Millionaire Mind Intensive (MMI) and your other activities?
On MMI, I spend about every weekend per year, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – it’s a full-on weekend, 14-16 hours a day. I have two businesses that I operate, and I am an investor. I have some real estate that I purchased quite a while ago, which generates passive income, but my primary focus is on training, teaching, coaching and helping others achieve their dreams, their goals.
So how did you get introduced to MMI?
I have always been into personal development. I dropped out of school when I was 16 – my father abandoned my family and as a result I had to go to work. I had to leave school, so I knew from a very young age that I had to educate myself, in order to achieve the greater things in life, to taste the finer things in life. From my teens, I was already engaged with reading the personal development books and listening to the audio-books. I was introduced to the Millionare Mind Intensive in April 2011 in Amsterdam, and that was my first live interaction with Harv Eker. Life hasn’t been the same since then.
Who would you say are your favourite, inspirational people?
A range of people inspire me – Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and also Michael Jordan, very inspiring people, but obviously from the industry that I am in, the speaking and training teaching, Harv Eker is up there with the best. The work he does changes people’s lives, building a system that allows people to discover their bigger selves. Back in 2011, when I was sitting in an audience and watching Harv Eker on stage – for me that was something very special.